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Celebrities: they're just like us! Or so the paparazzi photos of grocery-shopping, gas-tank-filling celebs would like us to think. But a recent interview with Sarah Jessica Parker reveals there may actually be some truth to that statement.
In this month's issue of Glamour magazine, SJP talks about the work-life balance issues that women everywhere grapple with on a daily basis. The mother of three even goes so far as to say she regrets some of her professional decisions, particularly because the needs of her kids, James, Marion and Tabitha, are so great.
"It is the eternal conflict of every working woman, and I am not complaining, because I’ve done this to myself," Parker says. "And I have a wonderful, wonderful nanny who allows me to be a working person. The great challenge for me is to be all things to all people; I want to be a great mother, and I want to feel good when I’m at work. But it is hard."
In addition to being so frank about the challenges of motherhood, Sarah Jessica -- who's married to Matthew Broderick -- has a surprisingly down-to-earth view of long-term relationships.
"I think when you are younger, you get swept away by grand gestures," she tells Glamour. "When you have children and years invested, it’s much more complicated. It’s the day-to-day stuff: the kind of parent you are, the kind of partner you are."
SJP draws parenting inspiration from her own modest upbringing. These days she's a multimillionaire (and could net as much as $50 million for her role in Sex and the City 2!), but she wasn't always so well-off.
Parker says she wants her children to be hard-working people and not have "a sense of entitlement," but she admits that will be a challenge when they're are growing up as privileged as they are.
"I am working on those values all the time," Parker says. "Most important to me is my home life and the well-being of my children."
Sarah Jessica Parker can next be seen opposite Hugh Grant in the dark romantic comedy, Did You Hear About the Morgans?, which opens Dec. 11 -- a little something to tide over fans until the May 2010 release of Sex and the City 2.
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